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Parents' perspectives of a universal early attachment programme in Scotland

Stone, Kelly; Burgess, Cheryl


Kelly Stone

Cheryl Burgess


The ‘A Good Start’ programme is a universal early attachment programme for parents and babies aged 8 weeks and over, run by a charitable organization in one Scottish local authority. The programme offers non-stigmatizing support and parents are encouraged to access other community resources on completing it. At a family level, the programme aims are that parents (i) have an increased feeling of well-being; (ii) are more attuned to their babies and (iii) are more aware of services and confident in becoming involved with them. The collaborative research study was undertaken by a small research team between March 2014 and January 2015. It had two strands—a collaborative element which involved developing and supporting the use of the outcomes frameworks together with project staff and direct evaluation work, namely collation of the ‘A Good Start Web’ outcome measurement tool results and conducting interviews and focus groups with parents, staff and volunteer instructors who delivered the programme. The objectives of the evaluation were to evaluate the extent to which the programme were met, using the ‘A Good Start Web’ outcome measurement tool, augmented by qualitative data. It was clear from the qualitative evaluation data that most parents who participated in the programme felt that they benefited from it in many ways. Parents valued the opportunity to meet with other parents for peer support, to undertake a practical activity to enhance the bond with their baby which relaxed them both and to reduce their anxiety about caring for an infant.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 24, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2016
Publication Date Apr 12, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 13, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 13, 2017
Print ISSN 0957-4824
Electronic ISSN 1460-2245
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-10
Keywords Community-based intervention; community-based prevention; community capacity building;health promotion programmes; maternal health;
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Contract Date Apr 13, 2016


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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Health Promotion International following peer review. The version of record Kelly Stone, Cheryl Burgess; Parents' perspectives of a universal early attachment programme in Scotland. Health Promot Int 2016 daw026. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw026 is available online at:

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